Spartanburg-Based Waldrop Mechanical Services Wins National ABC Award for Clemson University's Manning Hall HVAC Renovation

Spartanburg, SC — Spartanburg-based Waldrop Mechanical Services, a full-service mechanical contracting firm, is the proud recipient of a prestigious national construction award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for its turnkey mechanical renovation of Manning Hall, a high-rise dormitory on Clemson University’s main campus. Waldrop received ABC's "Pyramid" Award in the Specialty Contracting category, Mechanical: $ 2 million to $10 million. The award was presented to Waldrop on February 23, 2011, in Orlando, Florida, at ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards celebration.

Waldrop was the only specialty contractor from both Carolinas to win a 2010 ABC Excellence in Construction Award at the national event. To be eligible, projects had to be completed by August 31, 2010, and have previously won a top award at ABC's local chapter level. Waldrop's Manning Hall project won the ABC "Eagle" Award (the highest-level regional award) from ABC of the Carolinas chapter in November 2010.

Waldrop performed the fast-track Clemson Manning Hall HVAC renovation over the 2010 summer break, completing the work in mid-August 2010. From start to finish, the project was completed in just 15 weeks (92 days). The assignment primarily encompassed construction of an all new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Waldrop’s scope of work also included demolition services, and modifications to the building's electrical, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, interior wall/ceiling, and insulation systems.

Bill Caldwell, President of Waldrop, Inc., was quick to give praise to the Waldrop Mechanical Services project team, stating, "Despite the fast-track schedule, an unforeseen schedule delay due to an asbestos event, significant liquidated damages risk, and complications inherent to renovations, our team exceeded the owner’s project expectations. We are extremely proud of having a satisfied client along with the national and regional recognition we have received from ABC for this significant project achievement."

Founded in 1970, Waldrop has offices in Spartanburg and Greenville. Waldrop is a longtime member of ABC of the Carolinas and has been actively involved in the chapter's Upstate SC Council since its inception 10 years ago.

About the Project
Originally built in 1968, Manning Hall is a 10-story concrete structure with brick veneer, framed with metal truss walls coated with plaster. Waldrop demolished the existing 2-pipe mechanical system and replaced it with a new 4-pipe chilled water/hot water system. Original ductwork was demolished and
replaced throughout the building. The mechanical system is equipped with dedicated outside air units
which supply individual induction (chilled beam) boxes. These induction boxes are located in each dorm room and supply both heating and conditioned air to each resident space. Common areas on both the ground and main level are serviced by a single air handler that works in conjunction with variable air volume (VAV) boxes to condition these spaces. Modifications were also made to the electrical, fire alarm, sprinkler, interior wall systems and ceiling, and new insulation was added to the new piping and duct systems.

About Waldrop, Inc. — Through Waldrop Mechanical Services and Waldrop Heating & Air Conditioning, Spartanburg-based Waldrop serves the commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, and residential markets primarily in Upstate South Carolina. From the company’s beginning in the residential marketplace in 1970 as Waldrop Heating & Air Conditioning, the name and organization of the company was changed in 2007 to Waldrop, Inc. to accommodate the establishment of two separate operating divisions.

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